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Tango
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Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I'm now using multiple print sheets. At first I tried writing on them with a Sharpie, in a spot where nothing would be printed, a number and letter, like 1A for the front of sheet 1, and, of course, 1B on the back (or, if it's late at night and I'm overtired, I reverse those!), like this:

The problem is that's not alcohol safe, so when I clean a sheet with alcohol, if I forget to avoid wiping that area down, the label is soon gone.

What do you do to keep track of your print sheets? Do you have some kind of clip that easily fits on them? Is there an issue with using a Dremel to just etch something like A1 or 1B in that spot, where it won't be used for printing? While a clip would help, I get absorbed in what I'm trying to make and can forget to put something like a clip on a sheet when I remove it, which would make it easy to lose track of sheets.

(Yes, this is an old sheet, so it's scratched - I keep it around for "emergencies" - if, somehow, every other sheet I have suddenly gets borked, I'll resort to this one.

Posted : 24/06/2024 5:41 am
fuchsr
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I use a sharpie, and when needed just write on it again. But it seems to last a long time...

Posted : 24/06/2024 11:49 am
JP Guitars
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

You could use nail varnish providing you don't use acetone to clean

Posted : 24/06/2024 12:25 pm
Thomas Lynch
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I just print out a label from my labelmaker and put it on the lower right hand corner of the sheet. It can't be removed by wiping it with alcohol . I use names such as "Texture 1", "Smooth 1" etc. always works.

Tom

Posted : 24/06/2024 2:17 pm
_KaszpiR_
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

https://www.reddit.com/r/labrats/comments/11jyody/best_ethanol_resistantmarker/?rdt=64678

You could also try oil based paint/markers, or nail varnish.

See my GitHub and printables.com for some 3d stuff that you may like.

Posted : 24/06/2024 7:36 pm
Tango
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Topic starter answered:
RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I found this clip someone referenced. They leave it on their sheets as a reminder to change the settings when they change sheets. I'm thinking I might edit the STL to include some info, like, "Textured Sheet 1," or, "Smooth Sheet 2" and print up a few of those - and pulling the tabs off will be a reminder to change the sheet selection on my printer.

The one problem this leaves is keeping track of the back and front of the sheets. I asked on another thread if I need a different calibration for the front and back of a sheet, or if both sides are close enough for it to not be an issue. If that's not a problem, then a clip with the number and type of sheet will be enough. (I figure I might have 2-3 of any one sheet at a time, so I can use, say, numbers 1-3 of a sheet and when one goes bad, the next sheet I start using will use the same number as the one I'm tossing out.)

Posted : 24/06/2024 11:10 pm
RedDawg
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I use a "Dymo" brand label maker with the actual Z offset printed on it. The visual contrast between the tape color and the embossed characters (usually white) can fade when the bed heats to higher temps, but the height difference of the embossing is still readable. Tapes are self-adhesive.

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Posted : 27/06/2024 12:46 pm
John Grant
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

Obviously (?), if you change nozzles, height of the Z probe or some other parameters, you'll have to do another 1st layer cal anyway. Just print (emboss) an updated label.

Posted : 27/06/2024 6:19 pm
Allen8355
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I'm am shocked.  They still make these Labelmakers? 

Posted : 27/06/2024 11:45 pm
Tango
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Topic starter answered:
RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I use a "Dymo" brand label maker with the actual Z offset printed on it. The visual contrast between the tape color and the embossed characters (usually white) can fade when the bed heats to higher temps, but the height difference of the embossing is still readable. Tapes are self-adhesive.

For some reason, when someone else said "label maker," I was thinking of the flat stick-on kind, just like adhesive tape with a white surface on it for writing. I have a label maker like in your picture, one that I got for Christmas way back in the early 1970s, and it still works well. Yes, that's a good one and, as you point out, even after the color fades, you can still see the letters in relief.

I'm am shocked.  They still make these Labelmakers? 

Mine is something I got as a present when I was a kid, in the early 1970s, and, as I said above, it still works well and as of a few years ago, I could still get the tape for it. Just checked and found you can still get them. Here's one on Amazon.

Posted : 28/06/2024 5:23 am
Robin_13
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RE: Labeling or Tracking and Managing Print Sheets

I use a paint pen for marking.  Tried the Sharpie.

Posted : 29/06/2024 10:44 pm
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